People are just beginning to realize that house rabbits are wonderful companion animals that provide a pleasant alternative to a dog or a cat. This concept, however, is relatively new, and the majority of first time rabbit people begin by first adopting a single rabbit. In time, they discover what more experienced rabbit people already know. That is, rabbits crave the companionship of their own kind. So begins the sometimes stressful task of finding the right rabbit companion. Rabbits, like people, do not all get along. Ask anyone who has been through the fur flying and “chase the others” tail routine. Adopting a bonded pair in the beginning makes much more sense, and insures you are getting a happy and well adjusted pair of rabbits. If you already have a single rabbit and are looking for the right rabbit companion, a rabbit rescue group can provide the support and assistance needed to locate the perfect companions and to successfully bond them together.
In nature, wild rabbits live in groups and work together to create a peaceful and cooperative environment. They raise their young, locate food, and establish a warning system against predators. This need for companionship has survived despite centuries of domestication. While a domestic rabbit may enjoy the attention of a human, or the companionship of another furry friend, such as a guinea pig, or a well mannered dog or cat, they are happiest with another rabbit. This is because rabbits have their own language that is mostly non-verbal. This rabbit language is expressed through subtle shifts of body position, grooming activities, and skillful dancing techniques. After watching a bonded pair relates to each other, it is easy to understand that non rabbits are only partially able to meet a rabbits needs.
Having another rabbit does not adversely affect the caretaker-rabbit bond. In fact, bonded pairs seem happier, healthier, and are less likely to get into mischief than their single counterparts. Single rabbits tend to become bored and/or depressed. This boredom often leads to negative behaviors, such as, destructiveness and hyperactivity. These behaviors are exacerbated if the rabbit is left home alone while their caretaker is at work.
If you are thinking of adopting a single rabbit, consider this:
How many hours will your rabbit be home alone during the day, possibly leading to boredom and depression? Why put yourself and possibly your rabbit through the stress of bonding when there are pairs that are already bonded? The cost of feeding a bonded pair is not much more expensive than it is for a single rabbit.
Compliments of Linda Seeman BunnyLu Adoptions 703-335-9176